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Learning music by reading about it is like making love by mail.
Luciano Pavarotti

Art is made to disturb. Science reassures. There is only one valuable thing in the art: The
thing you cannot explain.
Georges Braque

From the age of six, I had a passion for the copying the form of things. And from about 50,
my pictures were frequently published. But until the age of 70 nothing that I drew was
worthy of notice. At 73 years I was somewhat able to fathom the growth of plants and trees
and the structure of birds, animals, insects and fish. Thus, when I reach 80 years, I hope to
have made increasing progress and at 90 to see further into the underlying principle of things,
so that at a 100 years I will have achieved a divine state in my art and at 110 every dot and
every stroke wil be as though alive. Those of you who live long enough bear witness for
these words of mine prove not false.
Hokusai, at the age of 76

Anyone who says you can't see a thought simply doesn't know art.
Wynetka Ann Reynolds

Inside every man there is a poet who died young.
Stephan Kanfer

Life beats down and crushes the soul, but art reminds you that you have one.
Stella Adler

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
Scott Adams

Every time I paint a portrait I lose a friend.
John Singer Sargent

Simplicity, carried to an extreme, becomes elegance.
Jon Franklin

Art is the triumph over chaos.
John Cheever

Half of art is knowing when to stop.
Arthur William Radford

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.
Twyla Tharp

Art is the signature of civilization.
Beverly Sills

What art offers is space - a certain breathing room for the spirit.
John Updike

I applied streaks and blobs of colours onto the canvas with a palette knife and I made them
sing with all the intensity I could.
Wassily Kandinsky

To the artist there is never anything ugly in nature.
Auguste Rodin

Art teaches nothing, except the significance of life.
Henry Miller

Better to write for yourself and have no public, than to write for the public and have no self.
Cyril Connolly

No one should be allowed to play the violin until he has mastered it.
Jim Fiebig

Without music, life is a journey through a desert.
Pat Conroy

There's no need to believe what an artist says. Believe what he does; that's what counts.
David Hockney

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
David Carradine

Words make you think a thought. Music makes you feel a feeling. A song makes you feel a
thought.
E. Y. Harburg

If heaven will grant me but ten more years of life, or even five more years, I could become a
true artist.
Hokusai, on his deathbed at the age of 90

Great art picks up where nature ends.
Marc Chagall

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